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The Old English Cathedrals

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Medieval English Cathedrals, Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s and the resulting old and "new" cathedrals.

Quick links to English Cathedral Photo Pages

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Kings and Queens of England

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Magna Carta

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British Cistercian Abbeys

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Links to all photos of Cistercian Abbeys in Paradoxplace.

Lots of Books and Guides relating to Cathedrals, Abbeys, Churches and Abbeys in Britain.

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Links to pages about the Medieval Christian Church in Europe.

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Paradoxplace pages relating to the Architecture, Art , Personalities and History of the Medieval Christian Church in Europe.

Early English Saints, Kings and Queens

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Limoge Reliquary Ch‚sses for Saint Thomas (Becket)

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Eleanor Crosses

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The English Greater Churches Group

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Maps Showing Religious Houses of England

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Medieval Wall Painting in the English Parish Church (external site)

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This interesting site belongs to Anne Marshall and contains a treasure trove of well structured knowledge, information and photos.

 

Entries below not yet fully updated - use the 3 regional overviews for up to date listings

 

 

Cistercian Abbeys below are marked with an *  (asterisk)

 

SOUTH AND SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Saint Albans

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Waltham Abbey

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Burial place of last Anglo Saxon English King Harold II (or someone else dismembered at the Battle of Hastings), and 500 years later the last English Abbey to hand over its keys forces of Henry VIII.  The magnificent Norman nave of the original Abbey (the only one to compare with Durham) survives as a parish church.

 

Waltham Cross

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One of the three remaining much restored  Eleanor Crosses in England.

Waverley Abbey *

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Sparse ruins of England's first Cistercian Abbey in a meadow bounded by a river bend.

Westminster Abbey

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Packed with the tombs and memorials of most of the medieval English Kings and Queens and many many other notable (or rich) people.

Rochester Cathedral

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Canterbury Cathedral

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Medieval masterpiece dating back to Lanfranc, the first Norman Archbishop of Canterbury, and including the memorial chapel for Saint Thomas (Becket), the tombs of The Black Prince and King Henry IV, and a magnificent Chapter House and Cloisters.

 

Saint Augustine's Church, Brookland

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1100s lead font wound about with zodiac signs and labours of the month illustrations.

Salisbury Cathedral

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With the spire made famous in Constable's painting.

Winchester Cathedral

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Chichester Cathedral

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Beaulieu Abbey *

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Founded in 1204 by King John

Christchurch Priory

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One of the biggest churches in England, with a great (and visible) collection of misericords and other stuff which unusually escaped the wreckers of Henry 8 and Oliver C.  A most attractive friendly place.

Wimborne Minster

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Full of light - part Norman, part several other medieval things church.

Sherborne Abbey

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The Abbey which produced the early Cistercian leader Saint Stephen Harding

Wells Cathedral

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Secular foundation set in beautiful grounds - see the sun set on the west facade and rise on the apse.

Bath Abbey

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Made from beautiful white Somerset stone and the last major perpendicular style building to be completed before Henry VIII hit the church scene.  Go there to see the fan vaulted ceilings if not the second largest tomb collection outside Westminster Abbey.

 

Exeter Cathedral

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Another white stoned masterpiece complete with two unaltered Norman towers and some attractive roof bosses.

Buckfast Abbey (*)

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A small group of French and German monks rebuild a Cistercian abbey and monastery in Devon over the first thirty years of the 1900s. 

WALES, MIDDLE ENGLAND AND EAST ANGLIA

Buildwas Abbey *

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Small Romanesque (never gothiced)  Cistercian Abbey in Shropshire, daughter of Savigny and now a ruin

Wenlock Priory

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Large Clunaic priory in Shropshire, now a ruin

Saint Laurence, Ludlow

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A Greater English Church serving the rich Welsh border country.  Lots of Misericords.

Hereford Cathedral

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Home of an early 1200s Mappa Mundi and an invisible Becket Reliquary Ch‚sse.

Worcester Cathedral

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Another medieval riverside abbey, this time with intact monastic ensemble and containing the tomb of King John (1167-1199-1216 (49)) and one of the most impressive peals of (12) bells in the world.

Tewkesbury Abbey

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Now a large beautifully proportioned old church.

Gloucester Cathedral

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Old abbey church with the earliest surviving English fan vaulting in its cloisters, and the tombs of King Edward II and Robert Curthose - eldest son of William the Conqueror.

Malmesbury Abbey

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Only the nave of the Abbey of one of England's most powerful abbeys survives (as a parish church), along with the earliest extant royal tomb in England.

Tintern Abbey *

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Large Gothic Cistercian abbey in south Wales, now a ruin

Lichfield Cathedral

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Secular foundation with three big spires.

Lincoln Cathedral

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Magnificently placed and architected large medieval (secular foundation) cathedral at the centre of England's largest and richest diocese.  A photographer's dream and one of Dom P's favourites.

Peterborough Cathedral

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Another beautiful old abbey church with a ciborium and other unusual Italian elements, but no monastic buildings left after a visit by Oliver Cromwell's men.

Norwich Cathedral

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Ely Cathedral

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Geddington - Eleanor Cross

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The only Eleanor cross worth a visit - sit in its shadow and enjoy a pub lunch!

NORTHERN ENGLAND & SCOTLAND

Carlisle Cathedral

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Saint Bridget's Church, Kirkbride

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Mint condition stone font from the mid-1100s in a pleasant secluded Victorian country church.

Saint Cuthbert's Church, Bewcastle

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The Bewcastle Cross, dating from the six hundreds, is in the churchyard of Saint Cuthbert's Church.  Measuring over 14ft it is actually a beautifully sculptured sandstone shaft, upon which there once was a cross.  Nothing is known about its origin, or where the cross itself got to.

Melrose Abbey *

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Glorious ruins of a glorious Scottish Border Cistercian Abbey.

Jedburgh Abbey

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Augustinian Border Abbey.

Dryburgh Abbey

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Another Border Abbey founded around 1138 for the Premonstratensian Order by Hugh de Moreville.

Hexham Abbey

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Pre-Norman Cathedral turned Augustinian Priory turned (large) Parish Church.

Lindisfarne Priory

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Birthplace of Irish / Northumbrian Christianity, and Holy Island associated with the names of Saints Aidan and Cuthbert.

Durham Cathedral

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Norman Romanesque cathedral with the first known rib vaulted stone roofed nave (that stayed up!), supported by magnificent stone columns and concealed flying buttresses.  Many of Durham's monastic buildings are still there also.  The cathedral contains the Tombs of Saint Cuthbert and The Venerable Bede - prior to the murder of Thomas Becket, Durham's Shrine of Saint Cuthbert was the most pilgrimaged shrine in England.

 

York Minster

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A secular foundation which was never in fact a "Minster" (monastery), but it is the largest medieval cathedral in Britain.

Rievaulx Abbey *

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Ruins of the first of the large Yorkshire Cistercian abbeys (1131), dramatically nestled into a secluded hillside - Dom P's favourite Yorkshire abbey.

Fountains Abbey *

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Ruins of the second of the large Yorkshire Cistercian abbeys (1132), this one a World Heritage site.

Byland Abbey *

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Less well preserved ruins of a later (1177) equally large Yorkshire Cistercian abbey on an undramatic site.

 

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